Senators Win 4-1 to Send Rangers to Second Straight NHL Defeat

March 9 (Bloomberg) -- The Ottawa Senators won 4-1 to hand the New York Rangers their second consecutive loss in the National Hockey League.

The defeat leaves the Rangers with 91 points, two points behind the league-leading St. Louis Blues, who beat the Anaheim Ducks 3-1 last night.

New York leads the Eastern Conference by six points over the Pittsburgh Penguins, who have won seven straight games. The Senators are seventh in the Eastern Conference with 80 points.

Ryan Callahan gave the Rangers (42-17-7) a 1-0 lead 4 minutes, 36 seconds into the first period last night at Scotiabank Place in Ottawa.

Zack Smith and Nick Foligno scored for Ottawa in the first period and Kyle Turris and Jason Spezza added goals in the final period to give the Senators (36-25-8) their second straight victory.

The Rangers are 15-6-3 in their past 24 games away from their home ice at Madison Square Garden in New York.

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